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Established Camping

Fish Lake Campground


Bureau of Land Management

Steens Mountain Cooperative Management & Protection Area


Fish Lake Campground is located on the flanks of Steens Mountain, within the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protective Area (CMPA). This area encompasses an extraordinary landscape with deep glacier carved-gorges, stunning scenery, wilderness, wild rivers, a rich diversity of plant and animal species, and a way of life for all who live there. At 7400-foot elevation and set among aspen stands and shore willows, Fish Lake Campground offers great opportunities for swimming, picnicking, cross-country hiking, and fishing the lake for stocked keeper trout planted by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Know Before You Go:

Open Season Fish Lake Campground is open mid-June through October.High Clearance Vehicles Recommended on some portions of the Steens Mountain Loop.23 Campsites with picnic tables and fire grates; first come, first serve.Universal Access Restroom available. Drinking Water available.America the Beautiful Pass accepted.Pack Out Your Trash.Mountain Weather can be unpredictable and change suddenly.Ticks, Mosquitos, and Rattlesnakes may be present during summer months.The Nearest Services are in the communities of Fields, Frenchglen, Crane, or Narrows, Oregon.

Point of Interest:

The Steens Mountain Loop Road is a designated Oregon State Scenic Tour Route. Travel the entire loop to experience all this unique landscape___s scenic vistas and abundant mix of wildlife.

Fee Info

Camping Fees are $16/vehicle, per night, for a single car, truck, or RV and towed vehicle. Additional passenger vehicles $5/night. All sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations accepted. Please occupy site before proceeding to payment kiosk (near campground entrance) for payment. Traditional cash and check payment and electronic payment via Remote-Automated-Kiosk accepted at payment kiosk.

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Fish Lake Campground is located in Oregon

Detail location of campground


From Burns, Oregon, travel southeast for approximately 2 miles on State Highway 78. Turn right onto State Highway 205 and travel south for 60 miles to Frenchglen, Oregon. Continue a short distance past Frenchglen, then turn left onto the Steens Mountain Loop Road. Travel approximately 17 miles before turning right into Fish Lake Campground.


Burns District Office 28910 Highway 20 West
Hines, OR 97730


42.740337 N
118.643732 W

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4 Reviews

Michael T.
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2022

What a gem

Great campspot. Came here 4th of July weekend and camped in Alvord first night and decided to camp somewhere else the next night.  70-80% of the campsites were open.  Large campsites and private.  It was a great find.

Reviewed May. 17, 2022

Great high altitude location

The site was well maintained and can get very cold at night in late May and October, below freezing. Also to note the loop does not open until roughly first week of July and depends on the work required on the road when the snow melts.

We went in May and enjoyed seeing only a few people up there and chatting the Burns BLM staff who gave the kids a cool packet of information about the nature, a quite detailed packet.

Overall, if you like to hangout next to a small lake and stay up high, it’s a nice spot. At the beginning of the road there is a larger campsite that is flat with grass, much warmer and better for larger RV’s

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Fish Lake Campground by Sean K., May 17, 2022
  • Review photo of Fish Lake Campground by Sean K., May 17, 2022
Bryce E.
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2019

Quiet and secluded

Went in Mid June and there were maybe 3-4 campers in the whole park. A total of 18-20 sites. Some small for tents. A few large enough for campers. High mountain lake that appeared to have some decent fish population (2-3 fisherman, not camping). Still snow in spots at this time. No bugs, but blowing 20-30 at times.

  • Review photo of Fish Lake Campground by Bryce E., June 30, 2019
Erin P.
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2017

Nice camping in the Steens

Clean campsite. Still moderatly far from the steens but not so far. Close to kiger gorge. Clean bathrooms. Wasnt full at 7pm on a saturday. Nice views of the lake. Bees in site 2-avoid

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Fish Lake Campground by Erin P., July 31, 2017
  • Review photo of Fish Lake Campground by Erin P., July 31, 2017
  • Review photo of Fish Lake Campground by Erin P., July 31, 2017
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